• Nestlé is Trying to Patent Nature (Article and Petition)

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    Over a year ago

    From the company that claims that water is not a human right, uses child labour, funds illegal war crimes, uses animal testing (Nestlé currently holds the worse possible Ethical Consumer Research Association rating for their animal testing policy) and contributes to the destruction on the Brazilian rainforest, Nestlé are now trying to take away our traditional natural remedies by patenting the fennel flower. I feel like this is in every vegan’s interest to protect nature and protect natural remedies that aren’t tested on animals.


    Nigella sativa — more commonly known as fennel flower — has been used as a cure-all remedy for over a thousand years. It treats everything from vomiting to fevers to skin diseases, and has been widely available in impoverished communities across the Middle East and Asia.

    But now Nestlé is claiming to own it, and filing patent claims around the world to try and take control over the natural cure of the fennel flower and turn it into a costly private drug.

    In a paper published last year, Nestlé scientists claimed to “discover” what much of the world has known for millennia: that nigella sativa extract could be used for “nutritional interventions in humans with food allergy”.

    But instead of creating an artificial substitute, or fighting to make sure the remedy was widely available, Nestlé is attempting to create a nigella sativa monopoly and gain the ability to sue anyone using it without Nestlé’s permission. Nestlé has filed patent applications — which are currently pending — around the world.

    Prior to Nestlé’s outlandish patent claim, researchers in developing nations such as Egypt and Pakistan had already published studies on the same curative powers Nestlé is claiming as its own. And Nestlé has done this before — in 2011, it tried to claim credit for using cow’s milk as a laxative, despite the fact that such knowledge had been in Indian medical texts for a thousand years.

    Don’t let Nestlé turn a traditional cure into a corporate cash cow.

    We know Nestlé doesn’t care about ethics. After all, this is the corporation that poisoned its milk with melamine, purchases cocoa from plantations that use child slave labor, and launched a breast milk substitute campaign in the 1970s that contributed to the suffering and deaths of thousands of babies from poor communities.

    But we also know that Nestlé is sensitive to public outcry, and that it’s been beaten at the patent game before. If we act fast, we can put enough pressure on Nestlé to get it to drop its patent plans before they harm anyone — but if we want any chance at affecting Nestlé’s decision, we have to speak out now!

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  • Profile photo of LittleLotte

    Over a year ago

    @taiwanroach It’s a HUGE brand here in the UK too, plus many sub-brands are owned by Nestle and people don’t even realise it!

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    Over a year ago

    Reminds me of a while ago when someone asked me if drinking milk from “happy cows” was okay. Companies will do anything. It’s disgusting.

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  • Profile photo of taiwanroach

    Over a year ago

    This is sickening… Nestle is such a popular brand in Taiwan, and it’s an uphill battle to get the word out x(

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  • Profile photo of LittleLotte

    Over a year ago

    I hate Nestle soooooo much!
    For yet ANOTHER reason to hate them, visit

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    Over a year ago


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